Alcoholism is a chronic disease. Although usually unwelcome, relapse is fairly common. It’s important to be aware of relapse dangers and avoid them as much as possible. It’s also important for recovering alcoholics to be aware of the extent of their personal relapse potential at any given time so that they can reach out for help when needed.
Alcohol Detoxification Isn’t Enough for Recovery
The danger of relapse differs to a degree with the stage of alcoholism recovery. Sometimes people undergo detox and hope that’s enough to keep them clean. Unfortunately, detox on its own is rarely sufficient to treat an alcohol addiction. It is wise to seek a comprehensive rehab program in which relapse triggers are identified and relapse-prevention skills are taught. An addiction helpline can help people find programs that are right for their situations.
Alcohol Addiction Treatment May be Incomplete
Sometimes people undergo treatment that’s incomplete, and an addiction helpline can help them find resources to supplement what they’ve already received. For example, consider the following information:
- It is common for alcoholism to coexist with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue like PTSD. If these conditions are left untreated, they can impede recovery and raise the risk of relapse. Addiction helplines can identify programs that treat co-occurring conditions.
- Disulfiram (Antabuse) is a drug which can discourage drinking by causing unpleasant effects when combined with alcohol. Those concerned with relapse may choose to use it. An addiction helpline can help people find clinicians who will prescribe the medication.
- A good support network can be invaluable in helping people resist the urge to drink. Many experienced members are paired with newer ones to serve as mentors. An addiction helpline may be able to identify support groups in any given area.
Help Avoiding Alcohol Relapse
Relapses happen for a variety of reasons. External sensory cues may trigger cravings, as may internal emotional states. As recovery progresses, cravings diminish in intensity, but it’s never wise for recovering alcoholics to stop being vigilant. If you’ve had a drinking problem and are concerned with your risk of relapse, give us a call. We can help you identify resources you might not be aware of to support you on your journey of recovery. If financial resources are a concern, we can check your health insurance for you for any applicable coverage. Our helpline is toll free, and counselors are available 24 hours a day.